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Office of Strategic Influence is the first album by American progressive rock band OSI, originally released on February 18, 2003. The album was recorded in June 2002 and mixed in August 2002 at the Carriage House Studios in Stamford, Connecticut.

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  • Audio CD (September 28, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B003XD7EF0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,550 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Office of Strategic Influence is the first album by American progressive rock band OSI, originally released on February 18, 2003. The album was recorded in June 2002 and mixed in August 2002 at the Carriage House Studios in Stamford, Connecticut.
Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos originally recruited Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy to work on a progressive metal album. When keyboardist and vocalist Kevin Moore (founder of Chroma Key and former Dream Theater member) joined the project, the musical direction of the album changed to become more focused on sound-scapes and composition than musicianship. Sean Malone (of Cynic and Gordian Knot) and Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree) also performed on the album.
The album is named after the Office of Strategic Influence, an organization set up after the September 11 attacks to spread misinformation and plant false news items in the media, among other functions. The Office was shut after The New York Times published a story on it; many of its operations were transferred to the Information Operations Task Force. The album's lyrics were written by Moore in reaction to the September 11 attacks.

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I listen to Dream Theater and Fates Warning, and I have to say this is an excellent CD.
Brent S.
Full of collaged samples, swirling analog keyboards, crunching guitars, and throbbing drum loops, OSI is a very unusual beast.
Matt Harpold
I was blown away on the first listen, and I've enjoyed it even more each time I listen to it.
Brian Selvig

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Paul H on February 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
OSI is a "super-group" project consisting of Jim Matheos (Fates Warning) on guitar, Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, ex-Dream Theater) on vocals and keyboard, and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) on drums. It also features Sean Malone (Gordian Knot) on bass and Steve Wilson (Porcupine Tree) as a guest vocalist on one song.
Being a big fan of Chroma Key, Fates Warning, and Dream Theater, I had very high expectations for this CD ever since I first heard about it several months ago. Now that I finally have the CD in hand, I am very impressed.
I would describe the music as a blend of Chroma Key and Fates Warning (not surprising since Matheos and Moore co-wrote most of the songs). The tracks range in style from very heavy (lots of "balls and chunk" as Portnoy would say) to very subdued. All of the tracks are marked with Kevin Moore's signature production style (i.e., multi-layered soundscapes with lots of voice samples and electronic sounds -- fans of Chroma Key will know exactly what I'm talking about). The result is something that has many elements of prog-metal, but which is very different from a typical prog-metal album. I am extremely pleased with this end result, however someone buying this disc expecting to hear a clone of Dream Theater or Fates Warning is likely to be disappointed. Another caution that I would like to mention is that Kevin Moore's voice might not appeal to everyone. I have no complaints about it -- in fact I think it fits the music very well -- but he does not really have a "lead singer" voice.
If you do decide to buy this album, I would recommend paying a little extra to get the limited edition, which includes a second CD with three bonus tracks.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By TOL on March 8, 2003
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Finally! A prog rock side project with more than just notes! If you are expecting to hear anything even closely resembling Dream Theater, Fates Warning, or any form of progressive metal, you will not find it here. What you will find, however, is some of the most artistically produced, beautifully layered, melodic, and textured music that is currently available. In a word, it is fantastic.
This CD, in my opinion, is mostly Kevin Moore. Anyone who is a fan of Moore's music will be sucked into this CD from beginning to end. The music is very reminiscent of Chroma Key, but with the added "chunk" that Matheos and Portnoy bring to the project. In this respect, I might compare some of the songs to Dream Theater's "Space-Dye Vest" - but with the more subdued vocals of Moore. (As Dream Theater fans know, "Space-Dye Vest" was the stand-out track on their Awake album which was written by Moore and represented a big departure from the Dream Theater norm.)
Whatever the comparison, this is great music from the core. Fans of Chroma Key - you'll love this CD. Fans of Fates Warning and Dream Theater - keep an open mind and appreciate the future of progressive rock. It has finally arrived.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 2003
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This CD is the culmination of a side project put together by Jim Matheos, guitarist for Fates Warning. It includes Jim Matheos on guitar, Kevin Moore (Ex Dream Theater) on Keyboards, and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) on drums. Bassist Sean Malone from Gordian Knot contributes most of the basslines, surprisingly, all done on a fretless bass. The CD weaves an interesting layer of sound throughout the entire recording, that changes shape constantly. One of the nicest things about this CD is that it never fatigues the listener with mindless progressive jaunts, rather, it envelops the listener in a world of sound and grooves that change shape often enough that it never gets monotonous. Sampling is present on this CD, but it's so creatively done that it intertwines with the music and forms part of the atmosphere. Kevin Moore has become a master as creating sonic landscapes, and Portnoy and Matheos ensure that these "landscapes" are backed up with some very firm content in the form of driving grooves and syncopated rhythms. The grooves on this CD stick in your head, and the odd melodic lyrics are also very memorable. The guitar work on this CD is heavier and more complex than much of the stuff Matheos has put out in the past, and it fits perfectly with the keyboard landscape that Moore has created. But I was most impressed with the variety of guitar work on this CD. Jim Matheos demonstrates his ability as a songwriter, by constantly expanding his boundaries. You wont simply hear re-recorded "Fates Warning" songs on this CD. James takes a completely different approach and it works very well. Overall, this CD is one that will stay in your CD player for a long time. Guaranteed!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chris 'raging bill' Burton on October 14, 2003
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Kevin Moore?! Mike Portnoy!? Jim Matheos!? Sean Malone!? Clearly a PROG-HEAD'S DREAM! Right? Well, no. That isn't to say that this isn't a great album, but if you're looking for highly technical progressive metal then you won't find it here. If, however, you are looking for a well crafted, intelligent album (albeit not an album without flaws) then this is the album to buy.
I have yet to hear Kevin Moore's solo work (Chroma Key), but judging by the comparisons between that and this, it isn't hard to see why he left progressive metal titans Dream Theater (Mike Portnoy's main band). This is considerably simpler, the music based on sound and effect rather than technical jam sections and impossibly fast solos. Matheos only solos once throughout the entire album, and even then its a gentle, simple solo that's based on feeling and tone. His riffs are for the most part chunky yet straight-forward, as are Malone's bass lines. Portnoy plays a variety of fills, some complex, some simple. Moore's keyboard is fairly simple for the most part, also concentrating on building samples into the music (think Dream Theater's Space-Dye Vest). The point of me telling you this is that the music is all sound and effect. It isn't about technical passages. The result is an album that, whilst being an aquired taste (a fair few listens are needed before you truly appreciate it), is genuinely great music relying on nothing other than its own sound as opposed to blowing people away.
It is a little flawed. Some of the verses can sound weak for example, and occasionally the whole 'simplicity' thing seems forced. I also find parts of the album to be a little repetitive.
Nonetheless, if you want something different from the prog scene other than as many notes a second as possible.
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